OBGYN and Maternity Services at Henderson Women's and Children's Center - Lufkin, TX


1201 West Frank Avenue

Lufkin, TX 75904

For generations, East Texas women have remained the heart of our community. At St. Luke's Health-Memorial, we're dedicated to keeping women strong for generations to come. From the Henderson Women's and Children's Center in Lufkin and the Ogletree Women's Center in Livingston to our state-of-the-art imaging suites, we lead the way with the newest technology and highly skilled physicians who know that there’s nothing more precious than our mothers and daughters.


Our women’s services team has vast and varied experience in OBGYN care. Additionally, all of our nurses are certified in neonatal resuscitation.


Our Labor and Delivery Suites have the most advanced technology and provide the utmost comfort. Enjoy room service with personalized meals during your stay. New parents also receive a complimentary baby keepsake album and access to the Newborn Channel, an in-house television station that provides vital information to new parents. Scroll down for more details.



  • 4D Ultrasound - 4D Ultrasound produces 4D images of the baby inside the mother’s womb, and it also provides multi-dimensional pictures of internal organs.
  • Digital Mammography - enables physicians to see suspicious breast lesions in great detail and store data on computerized files instead of traditional films, which result in image magnification, fewer call backs and fewer film deliveries. Patients also benefit from reduced radiation dose exposure. And, the new paddle design reduces discomfort.
  • Breast MRI - Aiding in the fight against breast cancer, St. Luke's Health-Memorial introduces technology that battles the disease with confidence. The Sentinelle Vanguard® breast MRI coil is an advanced Breast MRI system that helps physicians confidently detect, diagnose and accurately perform biopsies for breast cancer patients.
  • Bone Density - A bone mineral density test is a non-invasive and painless method to determine your bone health. Doctors use a bone density test to identify osteoporosis, determine your risk for fractures and monitor response to osteoporosis treatment. Post-menopausal women over the age of 65 are recommended to have a bone density test.
  • Pediatric Echocardiograms - With the only technology and certified staff between Houston and Tyler, our sonographers can detect cardiac abnormalities, including murmurs, in children from birth to adolescents. The scan is reviewed by Pediatric Heart Specialists in Dallas and results are returned to the primary care provider in less than 24 hours.
  • Robotic Hysterectomy- It is being called a breakthrough approach to hysterectomies. Advanced technology that is being used at St. Luke's Health-Memorial Lufkin is setting a new standard in this type of gynecological procedure. Utilizing the da Vinci High Definition Robot, surgeons now are performing hysterectomies with fewer complications and a quicker recovery time for the patient. Get more information about robotic hysterectomies and to learn what local surgeons are utilizing the new technology.


  • Each baby born in our center receive an electronic ankle bracelet for security purposes. The bracelet works through sensors at all exits assuring that the baby cannot leave the area undetected. The center also features secured doors, security cameras, and instant staff alerts.


Our experienced nurses provide free Child Birth Classes, Parent CPR Classes, Breastfeeding Classes, and Postpartum Support Group virtual classes.

Breastfeeding class
This class is your first step to learning the basics about breastfeeding and what to expect in the first few weeks. You will learn about the benefits of breastfeeding as well as multiple techniques to help you succeed. We encourage partners or a family member to join with the expectant mom. 

Pandemic Postpartum support group
The birth of a baby is already challenging, but having a baby during a pandemic can create added stress and uncertainty, making it hard to prepare for one of the most exciting events in your life. "Join" us as a group zoom to discuss about the challenges, stresses and experiences we have learned.


The Newborn Channel is available in both Lufkin and Livingston. Available on the patient's in-room television, the Newborn Channel delivers up-to-date information to help prepare new moms regarding topics such as immunizations, CPR and first aid, breastfeeding, post partum depression, car seat safety, and Sudden Infant Death Sydrome. New parents and their families can enjoy easy access to highly trusted, professionally endorsed content. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients can also access the Newborn Channel online by clicking the link below. It is password protected. The password, which is changed every six months, is given to new parents during their hospital stay.


An information resource designed to help you understand the nature of selected women's complications and the surgical procedure most commonly used to treat them.



Women’s Special Services at St. Luke's Health-Memorial provides low-income women with Breast and Cervical Cancer screenings through Texas Breast & Cervical Cancer Services (BCCS), a federal program administered through the Texas Department of State Health Services. St. Luke's Health-Memorial has provided this service to low-income women in the community for approximately 18 years. Eleven surrounding counties benefit from BCCS, and the St. Luke's Health-Memorial staff also travels to Livingston and San Augustine to screen women.

The program provides free clinical breast exams and mammograms to women 50 and older who do not have Medicaid, Medicare or insurance and who meet the financial requirements. Free pelvic exams and pap smears are also provided to women 21 to 64 years old and who meet financial requirements. If an abnormal result occurs, BCCS pays for required diagnostic testing, including breast and cervical biopsies. If the biopsy confirms a cancer diagnosis, the woman is placed on Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer. (The woman must have a qualifying diagnosis and meet the financial eligibility requirements.) This beneficial program enables women with low incomes in the community to have access to screening and treatment. Get more information, or call 936-639-7066 for a 2-minute screening for eligibility and to schedule an appointment.


Kaywin Carter, M.D.
1105 W. Frank Ave., Ste. 110
Lufkin, Texas 75904

Dixie McClendon-Coker, M.D.
1105 W. Frank Ave., Ste. 110
Lufkin, Texas 75904

Jerry Johnson, M.D.
​503 South John Redditt Drive
Lufkin, TX 75904

Verner Nellsch, M.D.
​1717 Hwy 59 Suite C
Livingston, TX 77351

Cheryl Suiter, M.D.
​402 Gaslight Blvd
Lufkin, TX 75904

Rachael Sullivan, D.O.
1105 W. Frank Avenue, Ste. 200
Lufkin, Texas 75904

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